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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Monty Waldin

Languedoc producer Robert Eden, whose father helped found the UK's leading organic body, the Soil Association, has launched a range of four red Rainforest Wines'. For each bottle sold Eden will make a donation of 50p to the Rainforest Foundation, which seeks to help indigenous peoples living in rainforests, mainly in South America. The wines are all sourced from Eden's estate vineyards, where his Comte Cathare operation is based. They are bottled with natural cork and the labels, bottles and cardboard cartons are all made from recycled material. The wines will retail for 5.99-8.99 at Oddbins. Each label bears the name of a plant: Una de Gato (Cat's claw') for a 5.99 Minervois AC Syrah; Cinchona (Quinine bark') for a 6.99 Vin de Pays d'Oc blend of Carignan and Syrah; Catharanthus roseus (rose coloured, pure flower', a type of periwinkle) for a 7.99 Vin de Pays d'Oc Syrah; and Dioscorea (Mexican yam', a rainforest plant) for a barrel-aged Minervois La Livinire blend including 30% Grenache. The Rainforest Wines are an attempt to make people think,' said Eden. It seems we simply do not have the time these days to stop, look at and admire what is around us. Hopefully the gesture my Rainforest Wines make will go a small way to redressing that imbalance.' Further details from The Rainforest Foundation, on tel: +44 (0)20 7251 6345, or Robert Eden, tel: +33 04 68 91 70 44, or visit: www.rainforest